Coni Minneci , Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625), 2003-2006; oil on panel, 9 x 12 inches; Courtesy of the Artist
A woman renowned in her own time as a portrait artist, I hid her image within this simple composition
as she hid a woman in her self-portrait.
Burchfield's archives reveal his studied fascination with symbolism, which he used to capture the countless emotions, sounds and other invisible elements that spoke to his senses. As he wrote, "An artist must paint not what he sees in nature, but what is there."